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Cheese Ball

A perfect snack to serve at holiday gatherings, this pecan-coated cheese ball is a party favorite. Serve it with raw vegetables and crisp crackers.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 2 hours 50 mins
  • servings: 16




  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans


  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with cheddar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and a generous pinch of pepper until well combined. Mix in 1/4 cup pecans. Cover cheese mixture with plastic wrap, and chill at least 2 1/2 hours or up to overnight.

  2. Step 2

    Divide the cheese mixture in half, and shape each half into a ball. Spread remaining 3/4 cup pecans on a plate, and roll balls in pecans to coat completely, pressing nuts to adhere. Serve chilled.

Everyday Food, December 2003



Reviews (5)

  • 24 Dec, 2008

    This is a crowd pleaser! I recently made it again but added chopped fresh chives. It was a nice alternative.

  • 20 Nov, 2008

    I'd always thought of cheese balls as a bit too dn n n n classn n n n to serve at a party--probably due to bad memories of those horrible, processed red

  • 15 Oct, 2008

    I agree, it is a favourite with my family too - works great every time. Use for holidays

  • 15 Oct, 2008

    I agree, it is a favourite with my family too - works great every time. Use for holidays

  • 21 Nov, 2007

    This cheese ball is now a family favorite. It's come to point where I have to make one for Christmas and Thanksgiving because my male cousins swarm around it upon its "unveiling". I don't tell them that the recipe actually makes two- one for them and one for me !